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US-169 Bridge
Minnehaha Creek Highway Crossing
Saint Louis Park, MN

US-169 Bridge

• Structure ID: NBI 91115.
• Location: River Mile 16.1.
• River Elevation: 904 Feet.
• Structure Type: Highway Bridge.
• Construction: Concrete Culvert.
• Length: 33 Feet, 10 Foot Longest Span.
• Width: 129 Feet, 6 Lanes.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1967.
This bridge carries six lanes of highway US-169 over the Minnehaha Creek in Saint Louis Park. Actually, this isn't so much a bridge as it is a series of three parallel concrete box culverts. But since it crosses the creek, that makes it a bridge as far as I am concerned. This structure was built in 1967, but the highway was not opened until 1970, so it sat for three years before it was put into use.

These distance photos are the best that I have been able to do given that there is no public access to either side of the structure. The west side of the freeway is a large swamp. The east side would require walking through the yards of private homes. The best option would be to visit the bridge by canoe. Perhaps I will do that someday.

The photo above is a telephoto view of the upstream west face of the US-169 bridge over the Minnehaha Creek as two vehicles cross the structure heading southbound. I botched my first photos of this bridge because the autofocus locked onto the swamp grass, leaving the bridge out of focus. I had to go back the next day to take these photos after learning that lesson.

US-169 Bridge
The photo above is the west face of the highway US-169 bridge over the Minnehaha Creek. The photo below is looking downstream to the east from a moving vehicle as we cross southbound over the structure.

US-169 Bridge
US-169 Bridge
These two photos are views of the US-169 bridge over the Minnehaha Creek as seen from the traffic level. The photo above is heading southbound just south of the Minnehaha Boulevard interchange. The bridge does not stand when you drive over it, and the creek is not marked with highway signs. The bridge is in the gap between the trees and the green overhead signs for West 36th Street and highway MN-7. The photo below is heading northbound towards the bridge. It is located under the sliver car that is the third vehicle in front of the camera.

US-169 Bridge

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